Brother Juniper Capece, raised in Vineland, dies


Brother Juniper Capece, OFM, 80, a professed Franciscan friar for 60 years, died Nov. 3 at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross hospice care center, Burtonsville, Md.

Anthony Capece was born on April 14, 1932, in Vineland. He was baptized on Nov. 20, 1932, at Sacred Heart Church in Vineland, where he attended schools.

He was received into the Order of Friars Minor in Paterson, N.J., on Aug. 11, 1951, receiving the religious name of Juniper. He professed his temporary vows on Aug. 13, 1952, in Paterson, and professed his final vows on August 17, 1955, at Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y.

Brother Capece served as the provincial tailor and habit-maker for 56 years, retiring in December 2009.

Although no longer making habits, Brother Capece made rosary beads that are now in the hands of countless marines, sailors, and solders, and their family members who came to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 9 at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring. Interment will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 52 Totowa Road, Totowa, N.J.

Brother Capece, son of the late Vincenzo and Arminda (nee Romano) Capece, is brother of Catherine Henderson, the late Ralph, Frank Capece and Josephine Confalone; brother-in-law of Anthony Confalone, and uncle of Gregory Henderson and Lawrence Henderson. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Catherine Henderson, 708 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360-5721.

Memorial donations may be sent to: Holy Name Province Office of Development, 144 West 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10001-3202.